The executive committee of the International Union of Societies of Tanning Chemists and Technicians (Iultcs) has launched next year’s call for its Young Leather Scientist Grant (YLSG). As is customary, these grants aim to promote the most interesting research in fields related to chemistry, machinery/equipment and sustainability applied to leather tanning by young scientists under 35 years of age.
In this edition, the ninth consecutive, Iultcs will reward the winning project with a scholarship of 1,500 euros. Likewise, Leather Naturally will sponsor the Mike Reedwood Award for Sustainability and the Environment with a scholarship of 1,000 euros, while Erretre will contribute 1,000 euros in the category of Machinery/Equipment. In addition, Iultcs is pleased to be supported by a new sponsor, Tyson Foods, who will provide a €1,500 Leather Basic Research Grant to investigate topics such as innovative leather processing, new leather processing chemicals, development of analytical methods, skin preservation, environmental studies applied to tanneries, waste treatment and research on collagen and leather.
“We are very happy to announce the award for the ninth year. We highly value the contribution of all sponsors to our YLSG program. It is a vital tool to encourage young leather scientists to become more aware and connected to our industry research community. The program has been strengthened in recent years. Last year’s awards resulted in numerous ambitious applications with innovative ideas and sustainable technologies,” reports Michael Meyer, chairman of the Iultcs International Union for Research (IUR) Commission.